The UCSF-Genentech Clinical Development Fellowship Program partners two top leaders in academic research and the biotechnology industry to provide an immersive, innovative, mentored, two-year experience combining academic clinical investigation and pharmaceutical industry training for PharmDs in early postdoctoral years. The objective of this program is to provide training in proper conduct of clinical trials, safety surveillance and risk management, methodologies, and exposure to scientific and ethical issues in research and development.

Fellows will work with research and clinical faculty members at UCSF—a world-renowned teaching institution that focuses on the health sciences—where they will participate in clinical research, patient care, learn via interdisciplinary didactics, and present and publish results of scholarly work.

In partnership with Genentech, a leading biotechnology company in serious or life-threatening medical conditions, fellows will gain experience in clinical development and build core competencies in clinical and safety sciences that will prepare them for an exciting career in the biotechnology​/​pharmaceutical industry.


Application deadline

November 10, 2019 (11:55pm)

Start date

Summer 2020


2 years

Genentech training (~3 days/week)

  • Immersion in safety science (50%) and clinical science (50%)

  • Attendance at oncology focused professional conferences

UCSF training (1-2 days/week)

  • Mentored experience in oncology clinical service on inpatient unit and/or Early Phase Development unit, with some clinical preceptorship duties

  • Training in designing clinical research and responsible conduct of research

  • Didactic training and research seminars based on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Principles of Clinical Pharmacology

Other program features and details

  • Individualized training plan

  • Quarterly multidisciplinary research seminars in collaborative, basic, and clinical research

  • Leadership and skills development workshops with other UCSF fellows and residents

Training and licensure requirements

  • Priority consideration will be given to candidates with residency training

  • PharmDs must obtain licensure in California by 10/31/2020

How to apply

Applicants should submit to [email protected]:

  1. PDF icon2020_fellowship_application_face_page.pdf

  2. Letter of intent (1-2 pages)
  3. Current curriculum vitae
  4. Three letters of recommendation using the PDF iconlor_form.pdf (please include at least one from a full-time faculty member)

  5. Official transcript of all college coursework

All materials including letters of recommendation must be received by the application deadline.  Candidates will be notified by email of their application status (application complete, missing documents, etc.). A proportion of candidates will be invited for a 2-hour interview to take place during the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting (Las Vegas, NV).  After first round interviews, a small number of candidates will also be invited for a second round of interviews to take place on the Genentech South San Francisco campus during mid-late December 2019.

Learn more

We will be hosting informational Q&A webinars on the following dates. Please allow adequate time to connect to the Zoom platform. These webinars will not be recorded.  A portion of the webinar is dedicated for applicants to speak directly with the fellows.

9/18/19 5-5:45pm (https://ucsf.zoom.us/j/800840437)

10/15/19 5-5:45pm (https://ucsf.zoom.us/j/473419466)



Leslie Floren, PharmD, MA, DABCP
Adjunct Associate Professor

Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences

UCSF Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine

[email protected]


Jennifer Cocohoba, PharmD
Professor of Clinical Pharmacy

Department of Clinical Pharmacy

UCSF School of Pharmacy

[email protected]

Brian Simmons, PharmD, MS

[email protected]

Susan Eng, PharmD

[email protected]

Image credits: Floren: © Majed